Local Development Plan (LDP) update
This information is to provide an update on current progress with the Denbighshire Replacement Local Development Plan (LDP) 2018-2033. Unfortunately delays have been experienced due to the Coronavirus pandemic but work has continued in the background whenever possible. In the past 2 years there have also been a number of new requirements that the LDP has to meet including changes in National Policy and Guidance and updates are required to some of the evidence base previously prepared. This includes a revised Technical Advice Note (TAN) on flood risk which requires an update to our Strategic Flood Consequences Assessment. The LDP Strategy and work on sites cannot be progressed until this is completed. Work is currently underway to meet these challenges. The delivery agreement which sets out the timetable and consultation arrangements for the replacement LDP will need to be revised and it is anticipated that this will happen in summer 2022.
Welsh Government 'Future Wales - The National Plan 2040' and Denbighshire County Council 'Local Development Plan 2006 - 2021' constitute the development plan for the County until the replacement LDP is adopted by the local planning authority. All planning applications are assessed against development plan policies as well as planning policies as set out in Planning Policy Wales Edition 11.
Forthcoming changes to national policy and guidance have direct impacts on the assessment on candidate sites. It is appreciated that everyone is keen to see the results of site assessments but due to the on-going work, reporting on candidate sites assessments will not take place until autumn 2022 at the earliest. All of the candidate sites will be reported on together and updates on individual sites prior to the formal reporting will not be provided.